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Statoil stopped production in the North Sea due to emergency

Fire occurred at the platform early in the morning.

17.Oct.16 3:51 AM
By Alesya Davydova


Statoil stopped production in the North Sea due to emergency

Norwegian oil company Statoil announced on Sunday a stop of production at their Statfjord A platform located in the North Sea because of fire. According to Reuters, the company has already started evacuating the personnel.

Statoil's spokesman Ola Anders Skauby told Reuters that the fire occurred at 06:20 GMT on Sunday. At that moment there were 67 employees working on board the platform. By 08:00 GMT Statoil had evacuated 20 people and in an hour the company announced that the situation at the platform was “under control” with no visible flames or smoke. Still the management could not tell when they would be able to relaunch oil production in the North Sea.

“We are now working to confirm that the fire is abated,” spokesman told Reuters. “Production will continue to be shut down and we don't know how long it will take to restart production.”

Statfjord oilfield is located on the border between the Norwegian and UK sectors of the North Sea. According to the latest available data from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the platform produced about 24,700 barrels per day in July.

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